There is just something about jangly power pop and shoegazey rock that makes ‘em both great music get work done by.
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From the long-suffering website
MY BLOODY VALENTINE // MAP REF 41ºN 93ºW (WIRE COVER)
The Yellow Loveless tribute album is not the only full cover of My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless LP. A band called Japancakes has done a full instrumental version of the album.
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With all the actual, real MY BLOODY VALENTINE news, it nearly escaped me that a number of Japanese bands have banded together for a track-by-track tribute album entitled YELLOW LOVELESS.
You can find it here.
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Dilemma: experience the new My Bloody Valentine album now via the purchased downloaded files… or wait for the vinyl to arrive? (3-6 weeks)
File this under
“Problems I Never Expected to Contend With.”
#ThankYouKevinShields #MBV #MyBloodyValentine
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Words I never thought I’d type: the new MY BLOODY VALENTINE ALBUM IS NOW AVAILABLE.
Check out their website to purchase.
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If you know who this band is… you might be astonished to hear that Kevin Shields has promised…a new release by the end of 2012.
More at the Slicing up Eyeballs blog here.
If you do not know this band, you are hereby advised to purchase a copy of this, immediately.
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In preparation for tonight’s SWERVEDRIVER show here in DC, I’ve been thinking about how difficult it is to describe their music to friends. The default explanation is “they got lumped in with the shoegazers and were on Creation records in the early ’90s, but really evolved from there… ” and then I sort of trail off. Not really helpful.
The term “shoegazer” is assumed to have evolved from the practice of staring down at one’s guitar pedals while using them to create a wall of distortion and noise with one’s instruments. The problem is that the term itself is a bit twee and quaint…and doesn’t sufficiently detail the rush and the sheer pummeling of the waves of sound that wash over you from such music. In concert or otherwise.
Calling such powerful music “shoegaze” is as twee as calling it “pedalpusher.” Think about that word - gazing at one’s shoes has nothing to do with the music. My Bloody Valentine refers to the climax of their show as the “holocaust” - that should give you an idea of the force of the sound about to hit you. A far more forceful word is needed for this genre… if it even is a genre.
I’ve liked a lot of bands that have been linked to this description, only to find that the word is simply inadequate. In her book Manic Pop Thrill, Rachel Felder used the word miasma to describe such bands… but that word is a little too close to melisma, which is that ear-splitting trilling up and down the scales that female pop singers tend to do these days.
This I guess goes back to the old saying about writing about music is like dancing about architecture. Sometimes the words we use to describe genres of music aren’t as well thought-out as they could be. I don’t have a good alternative word in mind, though… and let’s not even stare down the loaded barrel of the word “alternative” being used to describe music.
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You can’t have Valentine’s Day without…
My Bloody Valentine.
This is “Cupid Come.”
I’m working on a sketchbook for the sketchbook project. i have several ideas already (cigarettes and chocolate milk by r. wainwright - falling in love at a coffee shop by l. pigg - starfish and coffee by prince to name a few), but do you know of any more songs that discuss/talk about/focus on coffee and/or cigarettes?
Hey, party-on: dropped you a line already, but Playmixt simply cannot resist working up a good Playlist. Reblogging to see what else we can come up with… anybody else out there wants to add in — hit the Comments directly on the page or use the Ask function and I’ll repost later.
Cigarettes and Alcohol - Oasis
Black Coffee In Bed - Squeeze
Coffee & TV - Blur
One More Cup Of Coffee - Bob Dylan (also covered by The White Stripes)
Cigarette - the Clarks
Cigarette - The Public Good (click the link, you can hear it on their player on the right)
Some Girls Like Cigarettes - Karl Hendricks Trio
Cigarettes - Greg Dulli
Cigarettes & Violets - Jesse Malin
Highways and Cigarettes - Son Volt
Cigarettes and Wine - Jason Isbell
Five Cups Of Coffee - The Jayhawks
Cigarettes, Wedding Bands - Band of Horses
Cigarette In Your Bed - My Bloody Valentine
Black Coffee - Julie London
The Coffee Song - Bob Dorough
Too Much Coffee Man - Bob Dorough
Turkish Coffee - Omar Kay
Scott Baio Was Seen At The (Legendary) Pink Dot Convenience Store Buying 12 Cans of Tuna and a Carton of Cigarettes - Weird Paul
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KEVIN SHIELDS PLAYS LIVE WITH ROKY ERICKSON ON NEW TRIBUTE ALBUM
Coming June 7 - UK label Sonic Cathedral is issuing a new tribute album covering the work of Roky Erickson. My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields backs Roky along with the Black Angels on a new live rendition of the 13th Floor Elevators track “Roller Coaster.”
Uncut has the story here.
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So Paul Weller (ex of the Jam & the Style Council) has apparently put together a collaboration with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine.
The news comes courtesy of Mojo, which informs us the song is available at Paul’s website for “free” - but it’s not. When you click that link it takes you to a pay-for-download page. Interestingly enough, they appear to have chosen Apple’s proprietary AAC format for the file. This means it’s not a straight MP3; you have to have iTunes or an iPod to be able to play it.
There’s also no mention of Kevin on the download page. Hm.
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